Venues De La Warr Pavilion
De La Warr Pavilion
  • Superb seaside wedding venue in Bexhill
  • Innovative centre for contemporary arts
  • Grade I-listed, modernist seafront building
  • Licensed to host large civil ceremonies
  • Formal receptions for up to 110 guests
  • Buffet receptions for up to 220 guests
  • Evening celebrations for up to 220 guests
  • Fresh, locally-sourced seasonal catering

If you're an art-lover, or just want a seaside wedding in a stunning modernist space, then the De La Warr Pavilion may just be the perfect venue. You and your guests are free to peruse the international exhibitions within the pavilion's galleries. When booking a wedding date, you will be treated to advice and help from the Pavilion's events team who will assist you in planning your big day.

The Grade I-listed building offers excellent facilities for ceremonies, wedding breakfasts and evening receptions. With a stunning auditorium for both small and large wedding parties, rooftop foyer and terrace for reception drinks and canapés, and even space for live music, this is a versatile venue, able to accommodate all types of weddings. It also presents outstanding in-house cuisine.

History

The Pavilion was first proposed in 1932 when the ninth Earl De La Warr was elected mayor of Bexhill-on-Sea. De La Warr urged for the Pavilion to be built and in 1935 it opened its doors for the first time. As a centre for entertainment and culture, it initially did very well until the outbreak of WWII, during which it suffered bomb damage. The Pavilion recovered for a time until lack of funds led it to fall into a state of disrepair. However, during the 1980s a Trust was formed which began to restore and protect the fabric of the Pavilion. By the 1990s, the popularity of iconic 20th-century buildings such as the Tate Modern led to renewed interest in restoring the Pavilion as a viable cultural centre and, in 2005, the facility opened as the innovative modern gallery space it now is.

Facilities

You and your wedding guests are at liberty to wander through the entire Pavilion and even check out the international exhibitions currently on show. While the Pavilion will be open to the public during the day (seasonal opening hours apply; check for details on their website) you will have exclusive use of the whole building and its amenities for your evening reception and celebration party.

Ceremonies - The Auditorium

The De La Warr Auditorium provides an atmospheric and impactful space in which couples can marry. With tiered seating and a large stage, everyone will have an excellent view of your ceremony. Although perfect for large weddings, smaller occasions can also take place here, with cosy and focused lighting making the huge space feel surprisingly intimate. No matter the size of your wedding party, clapping and cheering will fill the auditorium as you walk out hand-in-hand, amplifying all your love and happiness.

Civil Ceremony Capacity - 200 Guests

However, under certain circumstances larger ceremony parties may be possible, so do get in touch to discuss your requirements.

Receptions - The Gallery 2 Foyer

After your ceremony, guests can enjoy stunning sea views from the Roof Top Foyer and Terrace whilst partaking in a few drinks and canapés. This is also a great spot for wedding photographs, particularly on sunny days with the sea shining a sparkling blue.

The De La Warr Pavilion certainly has no shortage of large, clean, modern spaces, and the Gallery 2 foyer with spiral staircase is great for evening festivities. With lots of room for dancing to a live band or DJ, everyone will have a splendid time on your big day.

Formal Reception Capacity - 120 Guests
Evening Reception Capacity - 200 guests

Catering

The De La Warr Pavilion's head chef, Peter Zimoch and his catering team prepare and serve delicious meals using only simple, fresh, locally-sourced seasonal ingredients wherever possible. The Pavilion's very own pastry chef also bakes brilliant cakes and breads onsite. To complement the excellent cuisine, you can choose from a wide range of wines, boutique beers and soft drinks.

Café Bar And Kitchen

This light and open area is perfect for wedding breakfasts, whether you'd prefer a formal seated meal or a more relaxed standing buffet. With huge floor-to-ceiling windows that run the length of the room, you and your guests will be treated to the stunning sea views as you enjoy the meal and each other's company. You can also make use of the bar throughout your evening celebrations.

Formal Reception Capacity - 110 Guests
Buffet Reception Capacity - 220 Guests
Evening Reception Capacity - 220 Guests

Accommodation

The De La Warr Pavilion does not offer overnight accommodation, but there are plenty of hotels and B&Bs in and around Bexhill.

If you would like to book the De La Warr Pavilion for your wedding then get in touch using their contact details below.

Address
De La Warr Pavilion
Marina
Bexhill
East Sussex
TN40 1DP
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